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The Daily

Announcing the Isthmus Green Day 2014 schedule

Join us for the seventh annual Isthmus Green Day at Monona Terrace on Saturday, April 26! The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features informative speakers and engaging exhibitors, along with plenty of eco-friendly products to buy, green ideas to ponder, fun activities and more. >More
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The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More
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The Paper

Madison goes electric: Two-wheel in-town transport, with no gas

Matt Brueggeman points to the currently hot, pricey electric car, the Tesla, and says "That's marketing from the top down. We're doing the opposite." Brueggeman is a cofounder of Williamson Street's new Flux Mopeds, a shop that sells just one thing: The Flux, a 100% electric moped. >More
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Norma Smith vividly remembers the day Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, effectively rewriting the rulebook for health insurance coverage in the United States. "I thought, 'This is going to put me out of business!" says Smith, an account executive for the Murphy Insurance Group who works as a broker between businesses and insurance companies. >More
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Heading back to the farmers' market (recipe)

Welcome spring with a feast to honor the change in the weather and the growing season that is just beginning. It's hard to believe that in a few short months you'll have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. >More
 Restaurant Muramoto pushes the boundaries with a new izakaya menu

When Shinji Muramoto opened his original restaurant at 106 King St. in 2004, it was already a full decade after the Nobu-led Japanese-fusion phenomenon had begun. It was also the year David Chang launched Momofuku Noodle Bar and George W. Bush beat John Kerry. In a space that had previously been a hot dog stand, a rather louche-feeling restaurant appeared offering dishes few Madisonians had experienced before. >More
Project M goes retro in season six

It all started with Iron Chef. Six years ago, 105.5 Triple M's former program director, Pat Gallagher, asked himself a question while watching the popular cooking show: If people like watching dueling chefs, then why not dueling musicians? Project M, Triple M's songwriting competition, was born soon after. >More
University Opera's Béatrice et Bénédict is a playful ode to Shakespeare, romance and departing director William Farlow

Ending a memorable 16-season career with University Opera, director William Farlow directed a charming rendition of Hector Berlioz's comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict at the UW Music Hall on Friday, April 11. The production will be performed again on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra ends its 2013-14 season with a display of pianist Stewart Goodyear's improvisational prowess

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concluded its 2013-14 season with some novel combinations at Overture Hall's Capitol Theater on Friday. There was, of course, the inevitable guest soloist, this time the young Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear. >More
Kevin Costner is in his element in the football laugh-fest Draft Day

Journey back with me 20 or so years, to the prime of Kevin Costner's movie career. He was the center of romances and heroic narratives like Dances With Wolves and JFK, representing integrity with a square jaw, steely stare and resolute seriousness. It really pissed me off. >More
 Sights and sounds from The Lumberjack at 100 at the 2014 Wisconsin FIlm Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival is drawing to a close after a week in which Madison residents and visitors turned out to enjoy movies and learn about the stories behind them. On Sunday, April 6, The Lumberjack at 100 series of restored films screened at UW Cinematheque. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, April 17
Ida Wyman, Kevin Miyazaki Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Marginalia: cARTography Chazen Museum of Art
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Todd Barry High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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UW Faculty Concert Series UW Humanities Building-Mills Hall, 7:30pm
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LunaFest UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 6:00pm
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The Bricks Theatre's "Oatesland" Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage
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University Theatre's "The Yellow Boat" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre, 7:30pm
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Line Breaks UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
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The Movement and Its Legacy Wisconsin Historical Society, 7:00pm
Friday, April 18
Ida Wyman, Kevin Miyazaki  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Marginalia: cARTography  Chazen Museum of Art
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Nathaniel Rateliff  UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:30pm
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Madison Bach Musicians  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7:30pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III"  UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Encore Studio's "Different Dreams"  Encore Studio for the Performing Arts
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The Bricks Theatre's "Oatesland"  Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage
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Cycropia Aerial Dance's "Cirquinoxe"  Boys & Girls Club of Dane County-Taft St.
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Madison Theatre Guild's "Shorts on the 2nd Floor"  Bartell Theatre-Drury Stage, 7:30pm
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University Theatre's "The Yellow Boat"  UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre, 7:30pm
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space

CRITICS' CHOICE

The Week: Madison calendar for April 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More

TELEVISION

Fargo the flop: The movie's genius is lost in the translation to series TV

There's only one word for the Coen Brothers' 1996 movie Fargo: genius. It creates a parallel universe where a desperate family man contracts with criminals and gets tripped up by a cop who's shrewder than she looks. The Coens keep comedy and carnage, satire and suspense, in perfect balance. As I said, genius. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Teen dances go too far

Dear Tell All: I recently chaperoned at my son's high school dance and was shocked by some of the moves I saw. It wasn't so much dancing as kids having sex standing up with their clothes on. I didn't know how far I could go in my role as chaperone, so I didn't stop it, but in retrospect I wish I'd spoken up. >More

ISTHMUS PARENTS

Mama Madison: Earth Day awareness

It may be a bigger waste of breath than electricity to ask my kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room. If I've nagged them once, I've nagged them a thousand times. No, I've never noticed anything amiss with their fingers. But it appears they are physically incapable of flipping a switch to the "off" position. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps -- April 16, 2014

Today's image titled "Co-Op construction" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
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COVER STORY

Young and sober: A thriving movement provides support for clean living in Madison
On a frigid December day in 2004, 17-year-old Aaron Meyer came home from drug and alcohol treatment. He'd already been to hell and back in his short life, but things were going to be different now. He felt alive with hope and possibility. >More
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DANCE

Guts, grace and gratitude with JoJean Retrum and Dance Wisconsin
It's a very important day at Dance Wisconsin. A Regional Dance America representative is visiting to decide which of the company's routines will be performed in Chicago next month. She impatiently shushes the dancers, who talk, laugh and move about excitedly. The issue isn't that the dancers lack seriousness; it's that they're all between the ages of 12 and 18. But when the show begins, they bust out some very serious skills. >More

BEER

The Parched Eagle brewpub is planned for Middleton
It's likely that Middleton will be the next Dane County community to get a new brewpub. Plans are well underway for the Parched Eagle. Madison residents Jim Goronson, 48, and Tom Christie, 45, have identified a potential location in the 6300 block of University Avenue, and if all goes well, they could be making beer there by fall. >More

EDUCATION

MADLAND

Madland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something
Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >More

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